Southside - Beach in Bells Beach Surf Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Southside VIC

Southside Beach is located on the southern side of Bells Headland. Unlike its neighbour, Southside is composed of finer sand and has a wide beach and surf zone, with rocks only outcropping toward the northern end of the beach. The beach is 1 km long, lying between Bells... Read more

Southside Beach is located on the southern side of Bells Headland. Unlike its neighbour, Southside is composed of finer sand and has a wide beach and surf zone, with rocks only outcropping toward the northern end of the beach. The beach is 1 km long, lying between Bells and Jarosite Headlands. It is backed by an amphitheatre of slumped sands and clays, that forms an eroding, 10 m high bluff and cobble storm beach along the back of the sand. It faces the south-east and receives waves averaging 1.5 m. Combined with the fine sand, these produce a wide surf zone, usually containing a permanent rip against each headland and one to two rips toward the centre.The road to Bells Beach runs past the northern end of the beach and there is a cliff-top car park on Bells Headland, with a walking track down to the beach. The beach is also an official Optional Dress (nude) Beach.

Swimming

This is a potentially hazardous beach, with permanent rips and some rocks in the surf. Stay inshore on the bar and well clear of the rocks and headlands.

Surfing

The best known breaks are at the headlands, with a left called Southside off Bells Headland, and Jarraside out from the southern end of the beach.

Fishing

There are deep rip gutters off the headlands, as well as beach holes and gutters.

General

An energetic and potentially hazardous beach, fine for sunbathing but be careful if swimming.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Bells Beach, VIC 3228

Length:
1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic303

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Tuesday 17, Jul 7:58 pm

Day 15°    Night 8°
7.4°C
Showers. Windy

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 30 to 35 knots tending northerly 35 to 45 knots during the morning. A west to northwesterly change 30 to 40 knots reaching the far west late morning, and extending throughout by early afternoon. Winds easing to 25 to 30 knots at night.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning, then tending westerly 3 to 5 metres around midday.
Seas: 3 to 5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Possible hail in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

2 am
1.55m
8 am
0.04m
3 pm
1.96m
9 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 18, Jul

Day 15°    Night 5°
Windy. Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning northwesterly before dawn and increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the morning. Winds tending west to northwesterly 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 6 metres.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.63m
9 am
0.07m
3 pm
1.95m
10 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Tue 17, Jul to Tue 24, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning westerly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 7 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening. Possible hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 17th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 18th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 19th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 20th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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